Chief Kenlon Thirty Years in Department
Chief John Kenlon, of New York, N. Y., this month completed the thirtieth year of service in the New York Fire Department, having become a uniformed member of the department on April 14, 1887, after a probationary period of thirty days. After routine grade advancements he became engineer of steamer on September 1, 1892, and on December 31, 1897, became lieutenant and supervising engineer. He became captain in 1900. During eight years he was chairman of the examining board for selection and promotion of engineers. Promoted to battalion chief in 1903 he was a year later placed in charge of the fleet of fire boats. In 1909, when he was made deputy chief the fire fleet, which he had done much to upbuild, was elevated from a battalion to division with Deputy Chief Kenlon in command of it. Upon the resignation of Chief E. F. Croker, Kenlon became acting chief of the department, and following a civil service examination became the chief of the department which position he now holds. Chief Kenlon is second vice-president of the International Association of Fire Engineers and a prominent figure at the Association’s conventions. It had teen planned by his many friends and admirers to tender a banquet to Chief Kenlon to mark his thirty years of_ service but he requested that it be postponed indefinitely.